Tuesday, November 7, 2023 3:52 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 14 hours ago)
Wing Po Liu Wins First Bracelet in Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha (€230,000)
The sixth gold bracelet of the 2023 World Series of Poker Europe has been awarded to Wing Po Liu here at King's Resort in Rozvadov. Liu overcame a 202-player field and defeated Omar Eljach heads-up to claim their first gold bracelet along with the €230,000 first-place prize in Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha.
Liu has had a couple of close calls as far as tournament wins go, including a third-place finish earlier this year in a WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event in Vegas. Liu's victory today marks a career-best cash along with his first-ever tournament win.
Humble in victory, Liu explained that playing Pot-Limit Omaha tournaments is still relatively new to him, with most of his past results coming from Hold'em events.
"I still cannot believe I won because I rarely play PLO tournaments," Liu said. "I wanted to try some new games because No-Limit Hold'em can be boring. Some days just fold fold fold fold."
As far as winning the tournament, Liu explained that some of his skill in No-Limit tournaments can be applied to PLO tournaments as well.
"I don't really study PLO, but some [strategy] is similar to No-Limit tournaments, like ICM pressure or something like that. I'm mostly just learning while I'm playing... it's actually so ridiculous because my first professional win was a PLO tournament."
Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Final Table Results
|1||Wing Po Liu||Hong Kong||€230,000|
|4||Anson Tsang||Hong Kong||€68,850|
|5||Marco Di Persio||Italy||€49,800|
|7||Wooram Cho||South Korea||€28,100|
Day 2 Action
Day 2 began with 52 hopefuls all looking to claim the lion's share of the €911,52 prize pool. Eliminations came swiftly with many notables busting out within the first few levels. Among the less fortunate were Jerry Odeen, Roland Israelashvili, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, and Felipe Ramos — all of whom were eliminated before making the money.
The money bubble burst after Daniel Dvoress ran trips into a full house, at which point the rest of the field was assured a min-cash of €7,875.
It didn't take long for the remaining field to work its way down to a final table, with Ren Lin (31st - €7,875), Dario Alioto (29th - €7 875), Michael Rodrigues (19th - €9,850), Renji Mao (15th - €10,900), and Michael Rocco (13th - €12,425) alll bowing out short of the finale.
Despite coming into the final table with a significant chip lead, the tone was set for what ended up being a rough day for Gergo Nagy after Tong Li doubled through him immediately after play began. After Oleksii Kovalchuk, Li, and Wooram Cho exited in ninth, eighth, and seventh place respectively, Liu began his ascent at the final table after cracking Nagy's pocket aces in a massive pot.
From that point on, Nagy failed to gain any momentum back and was eliminated in sixth place after getting all-in preflop and falling to Kasparas Klezys' aces.
Liu continued his rise after eliminating Marco Di Persio in a two-hand combo that left Liu vying for the chip lead.
Anson Tsang was able to hang on and double up multiple times throughout the final table before finally hitting the rail in fourth place thanks to Eljach, who spiked an ace on the turn after getting Tsang all in on the flop.
Liu claimed one more victim in Klezys, who was sent out in third place after Liu flopped two pair against him — setting up what would be a brief heads-up battle between him and Eljach.
Eljach, who has been on an absolute tear this series after getting fourth place in Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event and flat-out winning Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max, entered heads-up play at a chip disadvantage but quickly assumed the lead after getting paid off with a full house.
Liu wouldn't be denied, however, as just a few short hands later he put a big move on Eljach to win a massive pot. Liu finished the job after getting all in with queens and cracking Eljach's kings to make his first tournament victory official.
That wraps up PokerNews' coverage of Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha. Be sure to check out our live-reporting hub for continuing coverage of the 2023 World Series of Poker Europe right here at King's Resort in Rozvadov.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 1:28 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 17 hours ago)
Wing Po Liu Wins Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Wing Po Liu has won Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha for €230,000, last defeating Omar Eljach in heads up play to deny his opponent a third WSOP gold bracelet.
Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's events including the winner's reaction that will follow shortly.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 1:25 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 17 hours ago)
Omar Eljach Eliminated in 2nd Place (€141,800)
Wing Po Liu opened to 750,000 from the button and Omar Eljach made a pot-sized raise to 2,250,000 from the big blind. Liu moved all in with a covering stack and Eljach called to put himself at risk.
Wing Po Liu:
Eljach was in excellent shape to double up with the bigger pocket pair but that all changed when the flop came giving Liu a full house. Eljach couldn't catch a king on the turn and river and was eliminated in second place while Liu took down the final hand of the tournament.
|Wing Po Liu||20,200,000||4,200,000 |
|Omar Eljach||0||-4,200,000 |
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 1:19 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 17 hours ago)
Liu Puts Eljach to the Test
Wing Po Liu raised to 750,000 on the button and Omar Eljach defended his big blind.
Eljach check-called a 550,000 bet from Liu on the flop and then both players checked on the turn.
The completed the board and Eljach bet a hefty 2,850,000. Liu paused for some time and then announced a raise, which was enough to put Eljach all in for his last 4,200,000.
Eljach looked flustered and tanked for a bit before sending his hand into the muck — awarding the massive pot to Liu who is now the solid chip leader.
|Wing Po Liu||16,000,000||7,775,000 |
|Omar Eljach||4,200,000||-7,775,000 |0
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 1:13 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 17 hours ago)
Eljach Reclaims the Lead
Omar Eljach limped in from the button and Wing Po Liu checked from the big blind.
Both players checked the flop leading to the on the turn. Liu checked, Eljach bet 600,000 and Liu made the call.
The river was the and Liu lead out with a bet of 1,000,000. Eljach to 4,350,000 and after about two minutes of consideration Liu flicked in the call.
Eljach tabled for queens full of fours to win the first major pot of heads up play.
|Omar Eljach||11,975,000||3,775,000 |
|Wing Po Liu||8,225,000||-3,775,000 |
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 1:04 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 17 hours ago)
Omar Eljach and Wing Po Liu are now heads up for the gold bracelet and €230,000 first-place prize.
Liu enters battle with a thee-to-two chip advantage over Eljach, who will be competing for his second World Series of Poker bracelet of this year's series and third bracelet overall.
|Wing Po Liu||12,000,000||0 |
|Omar Eljach||8,200,000||0 |
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 1:00 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 17 hours ago)
Kasparas Klezys Eliminated in 3rd Place (€97,600)
Kasparas Klezys raised to a bit over 1,000,000 on the button and was called by Wing Po Liu in the big blind.
Liu bet enough to put Klezys all in for his last 200,000 on the flop and Klezys called to put himself at risk.
Wing Po Liu:
Klezys would need some help against Liu's two pair, but the turn and river bricked out for Klezys and he was eliminated in third place.
|Wing Po Liu||12,000,000||2,350,000 |
|Omar Eljach||8,200,000||-1,000,000 |
|Kasparas Klezys||0||-1,350,000 |
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:52 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 17 hours ago)
Level 30 started
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:40 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
The final three players are now on a 15-minute break.
|Wing Po Liu||9,650,000||-275,000 |
|Omar Eljach||9,200,000||1,200,000 |
|Kasparas Klezys||1,350,000||-925,000 |0
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:39 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
Liu Takes the Chip Lead
Wing Po Liu limped in from the button and Kasparas Klezys limped behind in the small blind. Omar Eljach checked his option in the big blind.
The flop came . Klezys checked, Eljach bet 400,000, Liu called and Klezys folded.
Eljach bet again for 1,600,000 on the turn. Once again Liu made the call.
Both players checked the river.
"Ace-Five" Eljach told his opponent, showing the from his hand.
Liu tabled for two pair and Eljach mucked.
|Wing Po Liu||9,925,000||2,825,000 |
|Omar Eljach||8,000,000||-2,500,000 |
|Kasparas Klezys||2,275,000||-945,000 |
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:32 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
Anson Tsang Eliminated in 4th Place (€68,850)
Anson Tsang opened to 500,000 on the button and Omar Eljach three-bet to 1,700,000 from the small blind. Action folded back to Tsang, who called after a bit of thought.
Eljach bet enough to put Tsang all in for his last 3,000,000 on the flop and Tsang called to put himself at risk.
The turn improved Eljach to a pair of aces and river changed nothing — eliminating Tsang in fourth place.
|Omar Eljach||10,500,000||3,000,000 |
|Anson Tsang||0||-3,150,000 |
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:27 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
Marco Di Persio Eliminated in 5th Place (€49,800)
Marco Di Persio raised pot to 700,000 from under the gun and was called by Wing Po Liu in the big blind.
Liu bet enough to put Di Persio all in for his last 400,000 on the flop and Di Persio folded.
On the very next hand, action folded around to Liu in the small blind and he raised enough to put Di Persio all in for his remaining stack in the big blind. Di Persio called.
Marco Di Persio:
Wing Po Liu:
The runout left Liu best with a straight and Di Persio was eliminated in fifth place.
|Wing Po Liu||7,100,000||3,685,000 |
|Marco Di Persio||0||-1,210,000 |
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:18 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
Klezys Doubles Through Liu
Wing Po Liu opened to 500,000 from the button and Kasparas Klezys moved all in for 1,460,000 from the big blind. Liu made the call with a covering stack to put Klezys at risk.
Wing Po Liu:
The board ran out giving Klezys fives full of threes to score another double up, this time through Liu.
|Wing Po Liu||3,415,000||-1,760,000 |
|Kasparas Klezys||3,220,000||-1,040,000 |
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:14 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
Liu Pressures Di Persio
Wing Po Liu limped in from the small blind and Marco Di Persio checked from the big blind.
The flop came and Liu bet 200,000. Di Persio made the call.
Liu bet again for 300,000 on the turn and once again was called by Di Persio.
On the river Liu moved all in, covering Di Persio's remaining stack of 1,210,000. This time it was enough to force a fold from Di Persio.
|Wing Po Liu||5,175,000||325,000 |
|Marco Di Persio||1,210,000||-1,240,000 |0
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:07 AM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
Liu Doubles Through Eljach (Again)
Omar Eljach opened to 400,000 first-to-act and Wing Po Liu announced a pot-sized three-bet to 1,440,000 from the cutoff. Action folded back around to Eljach, who made the call.
Eljach checked to Liu on the flop and he went all in for 800,000 total. Eljach looked a bit pained, but stuck in a call to put Liu at risk.
Wing Po Liu:
Eljach was in rough shape against Liu's set of aces and the turn nor the river changed anything — scoring the double up for Liu.
|Omar Eljach||7,500,000||-200,000 |
|Wing Po Liu||4,850,000||-150,000 |
Monday, November 6, 2023 11:58 PM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
Level 29 started
Monday, November 6, 2023 11:51 PM Local Time (about 30 days and 18 hours ago)
Di Persio Gets One Through
Anson Tsang opened to 400,000 from the cutoff and Marco Di Persio defended from the big blind.
Both players checked the flop leading to the turn. Di Persio bet 1,040,000, leaving only 225,000 behind and Tsang mucked his hand after roughly one minute of consideration.
|Anson Tsang||3,150,000||450,000 |
|Marco Di Persio||2,450,000||-950,000 |
Monday, November 6, 2023 11:38 PM Local Time (about 30 days and 19 hours ago)
Tsang Making a Comeback
Anson Tsang has doubled (and tripled) up in a series of hands in quick succession to bring his stack all the way to 2,700,000 after being on the brink of elimination.
After tripling up with the short stack in a hand against Marco Di Persio and Wing Po Liu, Tsang opened to 560,000 first-to-act and was called by Omar Eljach in the cutoff.
Tsang shoved for his remaining stack on the flop and Eljach called.
The turn gave Eljach outs to a full house against Tsang's flush, but the river bricked out and Tsang doubled up.
|Omar Eljach||7,700,000||790,000 |
|Wing Po Liu||5,000,000||-2,400,000 |
|Marco Di Persio||3,400,000||1,700,000 |
|Anson Tsang||2,700,000||2,380,000 |
Monday, November 6, 2023 11:29 PM Local Time (about 30 days and 19 hours ago)
Eljach Strikes Back
Anson Tsang opened to 300,000 from the button and Omar Eljach three-bet to 1,020,000 from the small blind. Tsang four-bet to 3,180,000 and Eljach moved all in for 3,335,000. Tsang made the call to put Eljach at risk for the first time since the start of the final table.
Eljach looked to be in dire shape against Tsang's aces until the flop came giving him top set. Eljach remained ahead on the turn and river to secure a much-needed double up, getting back some of the chips he had lost earlier while leaving Tsang with a very short stack.
|Omar Eljach||6,910,000||3,530,000 |
|Anson Tsang||320,000||-3,600,000 |0
Monday, November 6, 2023 11:25 PM Local Time (about 30 days and 19 hours ago)
Eljach's Downward Spiral Continues
Kasparas Klezys opened to 300,000 from the button and Omar Eljach three-bet to 960,000 from the big blind. Klezys made the call.
The flop came and Eljach moved all in, covering Klezys who had 1,070,000 behind. Klezys made the call and was at risk.
The rest of the board ran out . Klezys was good at showdown with two pair, queens and threes and doubled up through Eljach for the second time in the past hour.
|Kasparas Klezys||4,260,000||2,160,000 |
|Omar Eljach||3,380,000||-2,220,000 |